New facility creates jet fuel from water
“The era of burning coal, oil and natural gas is coming to an end.”
The German government has just performed a groundbreaking ceremony at a new facility designed to manufacture jet fuel using only water, carbon dioxide and electricity.
The new facility is part of a government initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by trying to make the aviation industry cleaner, The Associated Press reports. Synthetic kerosene is created by mixing the hydrogen in water with atmospheric carbon dioxide, using electricity from nearby wind farms. This allows it to ultimately function as a carbon neutral fuel as it only emits the same greenhouse gases that were originally purged from the environment for use as a reactant.
The German government is celebrating the new facility as a step towards eliminating the 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions that come from air transport.
“The era of burning coal, oil and natural gas is drawing to a close,” German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said at the ceremony for the new plant, according to the statement. PA. “At the same time, no one should have to sacrifice the dream of flying. That is why we need alternatives to conventional and climate-damaging kerosene.
But this time could still last a little longer. The facility can only produce about eight barrels of synthetic fuel per day, depending on the PA, which is enough to refuel a small airliner every three weeks. In contrast, commercial airlines used a total of 95 billion gallons of fuel in 2019.
Still, it is promising to see major investments in cleaner aviation technology. If it ever grows to a useful degree, it could make a huge difference in the fight against climate change.
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